Here at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase, big league scouts are admittedly out on the prowl for some of the top and/or most intriguing talented young guns the minor league has to offer. And while following two days of competition at the Showcase, the likes of Quincy Miller, James Michael McAdoo, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo are just a few examples of early favorites, there's another player garnering early praise as well.
In talking with RidiculousUpside.com, multiple scouts and/or related NBA staffers have been impressed with Texas Legends' forward Eric Griffin as well. The freakishly athletic young gun is quick, agile, and powerful around the rim as well. He can use his physicality to assert his way inside on offense and power the ball in the basket down low for easy buckets. Conversely, his long arms allow him to pester opposing players hoping to score, on defense.
Ever the versatile player, there's no denying Griffin has the ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Averaging 19.3 points (on 49% from the field and 34% from deep), 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals through twenty contests, the high-flyer logged a quiet, yet, efficient, 12 points in his first Showcase game against the Bakersfield Jam on Thursday.
Still, following two days of competition in Santa Cruz, the way he goes about playing the game, running the court, and scoring his points, have all helped Griffin catch the eyes of a select few NBA staffers, to say the very least. That said, one scout in particular suggested we could see even more from Griffin if he were truly allowed to be unleashed on the offensive end. He may be, otherwise, overshadowed, by some of the veterans currently hitting the hardwood for Texas. Perhaps the team could be getting even more from a player of his abilities if they featured him more often on offense and/or tutored him directly.
Nevertheless, the intrigue is there. Some of the players strutting their stuff at the Showcase are already household names with NBA experience hoping to break the door down yet again. But for an up and comer like Griffin, logging another efficient and/or productive outing before everyone leaves town could potentially go a long way towards leaving that lasting impression as teams continue to explore various options for ten-day contracts on the NBA level.